EU scientists dispute national GMO bans

European food safety authority (Efsa) scientists have again dismissed national bans on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) introduced despite EU-wide marketing approvals. The opinions concern prohibitions introduced by Austria and Greece. They are the first to be adopted under the EU's revised 2001 "deliberate release" directive. They re-confirm previous scientific advice given in the context of the EU's original 1990 GMO legislation that there is "no new scientific evidence" of risks to human health or the environment to invalidate risk assessments that underpinned authorisation (EED 11/07/03). See opinions on Greek and Austrian bans.

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